Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Where on the literary map is Irene's Palace of Cosmetology?

Here are two of Alexander Korzer-Robinson's collages made from antique books. What a distillation of narrative and imaginative possibilities!
Did anyone take the Guardian's Great American Novels quiz (offered in homage to the recent election)? I got 9 of 11. I must be good at sussing out tests, because I sure as heck haven't read all of these mostly male authors! (except for Faulkner and Pynchon, in college). I recently read (and loved) Sula by Toni Morrison, one of the writers on the list. Any author whose novelistic settings include Irene's Palace of Cosmetology and Edna Finch's Mellow House is on my A list! What are your favorite fictional hot spots?
Toni Morrison's latest: Home.

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  1. You sent me to the dictionary with "sussing"--and neither one of us had ever heard of it!
    Whatever it means, you are far better at it than I, who had to settle for 6 out of 11 on the quiz. (The quizmaster said I answered Babbitt on the first question, but I didn't! Protest!)
    As for favorite fictional hangouts, nothing I have read beats Mt. Olympus, where the gods are petty and bickering, and everyone tiptoes about when Zeus is in his office.

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    1. tr.v. sussed, suss·ing, suss·es Slang. 1. To infer or discover; figure out: "I think I'm good at sussing out what's going on" (Ry Cooder). 2. To size up; study:

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    2. Coolissimo! I'll add that to my dictionary, e. g. Shh! Susie's sussing out Sis's slang! Love it!

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  2. Favorite fictional hangout would have to be Hogwarts. Particularly around a holiday where there is a huge feast in the Great Hall.

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  3. I agree with Anon - I'd hang out at Hogwarts too! What a cool place that would be!

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    1. Hogwarts it is then, but has anyone figured out what butterbeer is? Kind of like butterscotch beer for underage drinkers?

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    2. Sounds fattening...does Hogwarts card?

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  4. These collages are both stunning and terrifying, haha... they seem soooo OCD:) I also have to go with Hogwarts. Side note, I've attempted butterbeer on numerous occasions. It certainly does the job but wouldn't pass a taste test...

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    1. Butterbeer tastes like magic and cinnamon.

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